Have you taken your dahlias tubers out for a Winter peek yet? I am glad I took mine out yesterday. The temperatures have been moderate here, so it was a perfect day to drag them from their Winter home in the garage. I am glad I did! Somehow, water was trapped in the bottom of the largest container. Not good! I took each out and examined for mold or rot. Some at the bottom had to be heaved. ‘Show ‘N Tell was tossed, so I will be sure to order a new tuber because that dahlia garnered some praise last season.
This is the time to decide on your dahlias for the 2013 season. From yesterday’s inspection I know what I can expect to carry over from last year, but I also look back at my records, and assess which dahlias are worth trying again and which I can conclude were unsuccessful and not worth bringing forward. I categorize last year’s “crop” as: 1. Spectacular! 2. Just o.k 3. Forget it! I also make note of which grower I purchased from, and if I see a trend in the ‘forget it! section, I will be less likely to spend my dahlia dollars there!
Last year, Brent & Becky’s gets the prize for being the most reliable supplier of first rate tubers (and prize winners!) Each year, I try a new grower. This year I will be ordering from Dan’s Dahlias. Could you resist this?
Besides having an Aunt named Myrtle (indeed!), this dahlias has a lot going for it. It has size, color and it says, “look at me.” When I began gardening, let’s just say that many ladies believed in restraint which meant pretty pink and blue and white borders. I have been there and done that, but since I began to grow dahlias, COLOR is imperative. I cannot restrain myself from any of the offerings.
In recent weeks, loss has been a yoke I am carrying. I am finding that the best way to move forward is to go to the garden. Whatever you are carrying in your heart or on your mind, the garden will absorb and will accept. There are things in life you cannot change, but the simple act of deciding on a dahlia affirms today and gives hope for tomorrow.